It was a beautiful day as we strolled the sunny streets of Midtown for the “food lover’s food experience,” Taste of Atlanta. Every food festival has its own flavor, and each has its pros and cons. Taste of Atlanta has something for everyone, whether you consider yourself a real foodie or just love to eat a lot of food. My husband, My Little Foodies, and I took advantage of “tasting” some restaurants we have yet to venture to as a family and were excited to learn about some new spots opening up in the city later this year.
Our first stop was for a little seafood at Coast Seafood & Raw Bar. Surprisingly Big A loved my Louisiana hot-sauced seafood gumbo. Our mutual love for the food convinced us to return the next night for more of their delicious seafood offerings in what turned out to be an extremely kid-friendly restaurant. More on this to come.
After pocketing many of the freebies we find at every festival these days (our favorites include Larabar and Food Should Taste Good Chips), we then sampled Woody’s Famous Cheesesteaks. A 37 year-old Atlanta institution, the entire family including Little A gobbled down their sliver of a cheesesteak topped with a bit o’ whiz!
Next up was another meat and cheese combo as Little A spent sometime gnawing on Seed Kitchen & Bar’s pimiento crostini with country ham and apple. This is one of our favorite appetizers at what is finally a fantastic restaurant in East Cobb. Because of their location, I have been assured that they are fairly kid-friendly, so we plan on going with My Little Foodies for brunch very soon.
We were also very excited to visit some of our favorites with plans to expand to second locations this year. Sweet chef and owner Archna Becker of Bhojanic got us excited about her second location to open up at The Shops Around Lenox at the end of the year. She promises the same super-authentic, generously portioned, well-priced kid’s meals that are some of the best in the city.
Little A also enjoyed one of Delia’s Chicken Sausage Stand’s Sloppy Slider (organic, hormone-free chicken sausage with cheese and “comeback” sauce) as we learned about plans for their second location opening in West Midtown.
Big A was stopped in her tracks when she caught eye of the luscious red-velvet cupcakes at West Egg Café. Shocking. She also enjoyed watching their pastry chef, Chris Marconi, “Trick Out Treats” just in time for Halloween. What we enjoyed, however, was learning about Jennifer and Ben Johnson (owners of West Egg) and Shelley Sweet’s (manager of West Egg) plans to open The General Muir, a Jewish-style Deli in Emory Point across from the CDC later this year. Quite frankly this was the highlight of the day as we discussed recipes for kreplach soup and the merits of sweet vs. savory matzo brei. Let’s just hope they keep the pickle jars stocked and the pastrami plentiful, because whether My Little Foodies like it or not we will become regulars! It’s in our blood.